The tangy smell of sauerkraut and the constant flow of Bavarian-style brews mean it's time for Oktoberfest. The festivities technically kick off September 16 in Munich, but San Antonio will celebrate deep into October. Festivities start as early as tonight, but check back for more parties that encourage you to don your tightest lederhosen and frilliest dirndl. Prost!
Oktoberfest Beer Launch //
Can you pair chanclas and Lederhosen? It’s totally doable at the Busted Sandal launch party for their Oktoberfest beer. With Polka and German food for purchase by MOBQsa you’re in for a good night. They’re gonna have limited steins made by Castroville Pottery so get there early. 5 p.m. 7114 Oaklawn Drive, (210) 872-1486.
Dorcol Distilling & Brewing Co. //
It’ll be a sausage party at Dorcol as they release HighWheel Dunkelweizen, a Bavarian dark wheat ale. Stop in for pints and food for purchase from Swine House. Dirndls are highly encouraged for this family-friendly shindig that kicks off at 5 p.m. 1902 S. Flores St., (210) 229-0607.
Krause’s Cafe //
New Braunfels knows how to celebrate its German roots. This year, with the reopening of Krause’s and its 70 beers on tap, is no different. The festivities go down every Saturday through October 3 with live music and specials on German fare. For the September 16 kick off, stop in for a viewing of the ceremonial keg tapping in Munich. On September 23, visit again and bring your Dachshund for weiner dog races at 3 p.m. 186 S. Castell Ave., (830) 625-2807.
Karbachtoberfest with Friends //
If you need a mid-week fix The Friendly Spot is hosting their Oktoberfest with Karbach Brewing Co. Head on by for some swag and drinks specials. 943 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-2337.
Growler Exchange //
By now your lederhosen game should be strong. Head out to celebrate all things Oktoberfest the festivities begin at noon. 8313 Broadway, (210) 320-2738.
Real Ale Brewing Co. //
Take a ride up the Texas Hill Country to Blanco for Real Ale Oktoberfest. If you’re lucky you’ll get an Oktoberfest mug to fill up with your four servings of beer but you’ve gotta reserve your ticket online for that. With eight different types of beer and sausages being served up by The Best Wurst (including a vegetarian option) you’ll soon feel like you’re in Deutschland. Family- and dog-friendly so be ready to say eins, zwei, drei, vier bier. Noon, 231 San Saba Ct., (830) 833-2534.
3rd Annual Oktoberfest //
Get ready for three full days of Oktoberfest in Alamo Beer’s very own bierhalle und garten. Celebrate with music, beer and get a Stammtisch made created by Braumeister James Hudec and food for purchase by made by chef Edward Garcia III. Friday-Sunday, September 29-October 1. 202 Lamar St., (210) 872-5589.
Oktoberfest San Antonio //
Head out to Beethoven Maennerchor to celebrate with music, food and German specialties. For two weekends in a row you can get your polka on and practice your German. It’ll get better as the evening goes on with plenty of bratwurst to go around. 5pm-midnight, Friday-Saturday, October 6-7, 13-14, 422 Pereida St., (210) 222-1521.
Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg //
Make it a day trip and head up north on I-10 to Fredericksburg to celebrate with the family. Not only will there be traditional German food, beer but there will be an excellent craft fair for the shopper. Friday-Sunday, 100 W. Main St.
What’s better than starting off Oktoberfest than a Barktoberfest where you can bring your dog. There’s gonna be food for purchase by La Maceta Tapatios, there’s gonna be music and there’s definitely going to be Freetail beer. Bring an open heart and take a dog home with you as Pets Alive will be there with adoptable puppers. 1pm Saturday, FM 1863 & Stahl ln.